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2013 Honda Civic

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  • jmaxejmaxe Posts: 197
    I drove the Verano this weekend. It was quite nice. Be sure to drive the turbo while you're at it.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    I plan to when I can but so far, there have been no Buicks in any job we've done. When i see one in line, I will make sure to bag it so I can get up close and personal with it. The Cruze left me cold and driving it didn't make me like it any more than before. But sitting in a Verano at the dealer just whetted my appetite to drive one. I'm hoping it'll drive as good as the Elantra does which I think is the new benchmark in this segment honestly. It just marks all the boxes for me and all I've driven thus far are GLS models as that's what the rental company's seem to order...haven't seen a Limited yet though on the key fob on Sunday it did say Limited. If the Verano can best it, then Buick will have a real sleeper on it's hands. I think just the notion that it's a domestic from GM leads folks to not even put it on their short lists which is probably a huge mistake. I think if one wants to buy a compact, they should test every model offered as they just might be passing over a real winner and let their misguided thinking make them make the wrong choice...a real shame. I know when we look for the wife next year, I want her to drive everything out there in her segment just so she makes the most informed decision she can. It's going to be her dd for the next 5 to 6 years ans she needs to be happy and what I say means squat really as I like most offerings out there. All I am needed for is to test drive the final choice to make sure it drives straight and true and then to help in the negotiating process so she makes a fair deal to both sides.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Happened to park my 2012 civic next to a 2013 the other day. Both crimson color. . Mine was still dirty from recent rain, the 2013 looked as though it had just been washed and waxed. I have say the 2013 looked a bit sharper and sportier. It. Was an ex l. Liked the front grill. The trunk area looked larger. Sportier tail lights. The alloy wheels trimmed in black looked pretty cool. Couldn't tell much from interior. Will go to new car show this weekend to investigate further. :shades:
  • drivefundrivefun Posts: 9
    edited March 2013
    I just picked up my 2013 Civic Ex, and it is pretty sweet. This care definitely feels much more solid, and is apparent when you close the door shut. It does not eliminate all road noise, but it is significantly (about 60 - 75%) quieter than the previous version - I'm cool with that. I also like the fact the driver seat can be raised manually.

    Regarding the comfort level of the front seats, it is firm and lightly snug the body. The rear seats while they seem deceivingly small in space from the outside, is surprisingly spaciously from the inside. I am 5'7", and leaving my driver seat as is, there's about 3 to 4 inches of knee-to-front-seat room available for me to comfortably cross my legs. Rear seating comes with 3 adjustable head rests, which gives it a luxurious look and feel. Rear storage compartments are ample. The rear center "axle hump" has been significantly "flattened" allowing unexpected room and comfort for the middle rear passenger.

    I like the front console, which was designed to be simple. Most of the stereo controls (volume, bass, treble, etc.) and electronic settings (clock, lock features, language, background color, trip meter etc) are located in the iMid tech display. The i-Mid menus are well thought out and easy to navigate and doubles as the screen for the reverse camera.

    More to come on the mechanical performance.
  • My cousin was driving her daughter to work in her brand new 2 week old LX 2013 Honda Civic. They stopped at a 7-11 and she was reversing out the parking lot when she felt no give in the breaks and the car kept rolling backwards. She put the pedal to the medal of the brake and still got no traction or braking action. She used the emergency brake to stop the car before rolling over concrete slabs behind her. The car appears to be braking fine again at the moment after she babied it and drove it home, but refuses to drive it again. Anyone experiencing anything like this? She plans to call the dealer and report the issue.
  • drivefundrivefun Posts: 9
    edited March 2013
    I have no problems with my 2013 Civic breaks, in fact it's a little on the sensitive side. There are certain quirks, like the traction control comes on automatically on start, which means I would have to switch it off manually whenever I don't need it.; and that's pretty much all the time.

    Sounds like your vehicle is well within the warranty period. I would bring it back to the dealership immediately and have them fix it under Honda's tab - free of charge.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Haven't driven one yet but the Elantra and new Sentra are both very smooth drivers...very impressive. Will have to take a test drive to see just how well my '06 Civic has been improved...or not. Like I said, the other previously mentioned vehicles are class leading right now so the new Civic has to be that good to knock them out of their places. Time will tell I suspect but one thing's for sure, my '06 is still such a good vehicle that it's staying in the stable indefinitely! And with just over 37k on the clock, it's a keeper.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • The car was towed into the dealership, but they could not replicate the brake issue and as such had nothing to repair after doing diagnostics and other checks. My cousin is still freaked out about driving the car with her two young daughters and may even opt to return it at a loss and go with another car manufacturer since there isn't much Honda can do for her in this unique circumstance.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,356
    edited March 2013
    Sounds pretty far fetched to me...sorry.

    Even if the master cylinder failed it's a dual cylinder so she still would have had brakes on two wheels.

    If there is nothing to repair, there isn't a problem in the first place.

    Who knows what really happened?
  • Far fetched, I'm sure it sounds like it, but it happened never the less. I am writing it down here for posterity, so, maybe, if anyone has a similar problem Honda will take notice. Not that this does anything for my cause, it's not even my car.
  • drivefundrivefun Posts: 9
    edited March 2013
    Sorry to hear that it has not been a 'perfect ride' for you. I'd be interested to know if it's recurring. I too am a new owner of a 2013 Civic (barely 2 weeks), and would like as much feedback on the car before my factory warranty runs out.

    Thanks for posting demianwulf!
  • mcdonielsmcdoniels Posts: 1
    I would like everyone to know how American Honda handled the so-called bumper-to-bumper warranty on our brand new vehicle. Here is a chronology: 04/05/13 purchased new Honda Civic. 05/02/13 started hearing a bad grinding sound - obviously brakes. 05/03/13 vehicle taken to Chapman Honda, Tucson, AZ, to diagnose problem. Vehicle kept overnight. Got a call mid morning on 05/04/13 saying nothing wrong with vehicle. During this call we asked the person calling from the service department to please go back and test drive it again because there is something very wrong with vehice. A few hours later we were told that 3 people took the car for a drive and found no problem. We picked the vehicle up from dealer just before closing on 05/04/13. We drove maybe 3-4 miles and the car exhibited the same problem, but it was too late to take it back because the dealer had closed. The car was taken back to the dealer this week and the service manager went on test drive - didn't get out of parking lot when he heard the noise. Car left with the service department and a few hours later got a call that it was some odd problem with the brake pads (metal versus something else) and that American Honda Technical Support had been contacted and they advised to replace the front pads and resurface the front rotators. They refused to replace rotators. We called American Honda and made the complaint that we did not buy a brand new car only to have the rotators resurfaced, pointing out that we will pay the price sooner now when the rotators cannot be resurfaced down the road because the rotators had been turned the maximum time. Sometime down the road we will bear the expense to replace the rotators sooner than a vehicle that did not have them resurfaced at 3 1/2 weeks old. Who would want a brand new car with resurfaced rotators? James (he refused to provide his last name) from American Honda called back to advise that American Honda refused to replace the rotators. PLEASE TELL ME IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT WOULD BE OKAY WITH WHAT AMERICAN HONDA IS DOING? P.S. Our car is still at the service department.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Man, HondA replaces transmissions 50,000 miles out of warranty. Unless you drove at Daytona speedway,Honda should give you new rotors.
  • suv800suv800 Posts: 40
    Any warranty service done at a dealer for over 24 hours, the dealer has to have a free loaner for you to drive until your vehicle is fixed. That's Honda's service policy.
  • drivefundrivefun Posts: 9
    edited June 2013
    Having put 2,700 plus miles I now have a little more to add

    Suggested Improvements:
    • When I turn on my headlights, the dashboard display dims a lot. Honda needs to fix this since it becomes hard to read the display at night.
    • Expand the pass-through area from trunk to back seat for greater utility.
    • Remove auto traction control. This is really annoying to have to turn it off every time I drive, it's an unnecessary gas drain most of the time
    • Noticeable amount of blind spot, with several close calls. I'd strongly suggest some form of early warning detection of rear approaching cars like what the Mazda CX-5 Touring has, with light chime and orange flashing indicator when it detects a vehicle in your blind spot area.
    • Include 6 speed. Several times when I drive uphill, my Civic holds on to a lower gear and fails to up-shift unless I flow my accelerator over 4,000 rpm for several seconds. This is frustrating since it compromise the fuel efficiency of the car.
    • Improve pickup of the car, it is relatively unresponsive when I put my foot to the gas pedal.
    • It's such a sporty looking car, and will do well with some form of exterior LED lighting. Honda's Korean competitor, Hyundai, adorn their vehicles lavishly with exterior and interior LED lighting at a lower price point.
    I average between 31 and 32 mpg, with 34.5 at the high end. I enjoy the relatively quite ride, The simple glove compartment is a plus, since it allows me to easily replace the cabin air filter. Also, I did not experienced any breaking issues as previous posts indicated. Except for the above points, I'm generally content with my 2013 Civic.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    The dashboard dimming is an issue on many cars. Is there a way to increase the dash light intensity?

    Re auto traction control... how is it a drain on gas unless it's engaged? On cars I've owned with traction control, it's only engaged in extreme conditions, e.g. occasionally in wintertime if I give too much throttle on an icy road.
  • drivefundrivefun Posts: 9
    edited June 2013
    Looking in the owner's manual there's a brightness control knob. The parking lights must be turned on and the ignition should be set to on '||' before using the brightness control knob to adjust the panel brightness. This resolves the issue.

    Regarding my comments: "Remove auto traction control. This is really annoying to have to turn it off every time I drive, it's an unnecessary gas drain most of the time"

    Don't get me wrong. I like traction control, I'd rather it default to 'off', instead of 'on'. I log all my miles and gas intake. When I was unaware the default was set to 'on', I average between 29 and just under 31 mpg. When I started turning it off, I average between 31 to 32 mpg driving the same route to work.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,628
    edited June 2013
    Good luck getting ANY automaker to turn off the ESC/traction control by default! They're there as a safety feature, which most people (including me) like to have on most if not all the time. I doubt I'd be able to engage ESC/traction the instant I need it. I have two cars currently with traction control and one of them also has ESC. ESC/traction has never engaged in the latter car, a Sonata, while I've been driving it. And the traction control on the other car, an Elantra, engages very rarely, e.g. if I give too much throttle on a slippery road.

    If you're losing fuel economy due to traction control/ESC being turned on, IMO you should examine how you're driving the car as it should not engage under normal conditions.
  • jessgerjessger Posts: 1
    Hi, when I google the web, I saw 2012 civic si has this issue, and honda dealer told me that 1 qt per 1000 miles is normal which surprise me, just wonder anyone experience or hear this issue in 2013 civic or accord?

    Thanks,

    Jess
  • wayne21wayne21 Posts: 198
    edited July 2013
    Man, HondA replaces transmissions 50,000 miles out of warranty. Unless you drove at Daytona speedway,Honda should give you new rotors.

    I would have normally just read these blogs (I'm usually on the accord blog) and not said anything, but when I read the 50k miles out of warranty all I can say is: REALLY? REALLY? Then why did they have to have class action suits against them to fix faulty transmissions? They didn't fix them "out of warranty", but extended the warranty to 100k miles as a result of the class action suits. The replacement transmissions (I had three of them in my accord) get 3/36 warranties.

    FWIW - a guy in Huntsville, AL, had a new odyssey with a bad transmission (very common in the odyssey's too). He took it in with just a few thousand miles on it and they put a rebuilt transmission in it. He was so angry that he had his own website on the issue for awhile. I agree with you, I would not want the rotors turned. Typically, you can only turn them (the new, cheaper ones) once before having to replace them. That has just happened on your civic.
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